Houston County School Board looks at subscription H-VAC service

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 2:04 AM CDT
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The Houston County School Board had a lot to talk about at Monday night's meeting, including automatic external defibrillator, H-VAC subscriptions and more malware attack issues.

No decisions just yet - they were working out details on a number of items like a significant investment into the infrastructure at schools in the county.

"This is 17 - coming up on 17 years, and we've had problems with this equipment the whole time," said Houston County Schools Maintenance Supervisor Dominick Curran.

Dominick Curran sees the writing on the wall at Rehobeth High School.

Even though the school is fairly new, some of the H-VAC equipment is well past its prime.

"We've budgeted just for Rehobeth High School just in equipment change outs, $200,000," said Curran.

Curran has to do the same song and dance with the school board every few years to pay for new equipment at each of the schools as they get older.

Just recently, he found a new way to look at things.

"We are looking into the Spark Fund right now,” said Curran. “It's a technology subscription program, and basically what we'll do, we'll have one monthly payment back to them."

The Spark Fund is partnered with Alabama Power.

It's would handle the purchase, installation and maintenance of HVAC and lighting equipment at Rehobeth High School and Houston County High School.

Instead of paying all the money upfront for each piece, the district would pay it off monthly - for the staggering sum of $33,951 per month for 10 years.

While that sounds steep, Curran believes the district would've wound up paying that much one way or the other.

"They spent days with engineers at our school,” said Curran. “They calculated the J loads. They looked at all the equipment, all the model numbers. They counted every light in the school, and this figure that has returned to us will cover all that equipment."

The board merely discussed the idea this week and is expected to vote next Monday.

As for the other schools in the county, Curran said the issues there aren't as pressing or as costly.